Choosing love: Interracial partners talk white privilege and ‘colour blindness’

Choosing love: Interracial partners talk white privilege and ‘colour blindness’

Sunday Breakfast host Sara-Jayne King chats to two interracial partners about their personal experiences.

Peter Phillip and Veronika Komarkova came across in Cape Town after matching for an app that is dating.

Peter, whom identifies as black colored, came to be in Malawi and Veronika, who identifies as white, came to be into the Czech Republic. They’ve both remained in a true number of various nations in their everyday lives.

Nicola Bruns and Bryan Bergsteedt came across while their studies at Stellenbosh University. They are together for six years and they are involved to be hitched.

Nicola, whom identifies as white, spent my youth in Paarl and Bryan, whom identifies as coloured, spent my youth in Johannesburg.

The two partners open exactly how battle and identification have actually shaped their relationships and exactly how they are addressed by buddies, household, and strangers. (pay attention to the discussion that is full the sound at the end)

The way they felt about interracial relationship when they first came across:

Regrettably, the way in which our everyday lives had been put up, that you do not think you will get love through the really exact same battle that often treats you very defectively when you are off to town for the evening. It absolutely was never an option whenever Nicola began taking a look at me personally a specific means.

Bryan Bergsteedt

I must say I fancied this person but [ I thought to myself], ‘What are my buddies planning to state?’. Interestingly, a 12 months ahead of conference bryan all my buddies joked statweng that i might undoubtedly fall deeply in love with an individual of color.

Nicola Bruns

I did not actually care, become quite truthful. My loved ones is extremely open. I do not care what individuals need to state or think. It had been never ever an issue for me personally. (more…)

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